Root Canal Treatment
What is Root Canal Treatment?
When a tooth has been damaged or has become heavily decayed, bacteria and plaque can start attacking the sensitive and fragile interior root and nerve of the tooth.
This can be extremely painful and must be treated as soon as possible to prevent the risk of developing an abscess. If left untreated for too long, an infection can spread and tooth removal may be the only option remaining.
Root canal treatment is an effective way to prevent further complications.
It works by clearing the infection caused by bacteria and plaque whilst also saving the tooth which is often badly decayed or traumatised.
What Is The Procedure?
- Your dentist will first examine your tooth by taking an X-ray of the root and the infection. This lets the endodontist know the shape of your tooth, the scale of the infection, and provide extra information relevant to the treatment.
- Once this is done, you will be given a local anesthetic to ensure minimal discomfort is felt during the rest of the procedure.
- The tooth is then examined and a small hole is drilled onto the top, allowing access to the infection in the root pulp.
- The decayed root pulp is then cleaned out using special tools and depending on the severity of the infection, the nerve may be removed.
- Once cleaned, the tooth is then sterilised to prevent further infection and filled with a rubber-like material that acts as a replacement for the removed root pulp.
- The tooth is then either filled in with a regular cavity filling material or if the tooth has been damaged further, a dental crown is created and placed on top to ensure it remains strong and doesn’t break or crack.
Here at 3 Dental, our dentists/endodontists use the most up-to-date practices and technology to help ensure your root canal treatment is efficient and effective. Done correctly, the treatment can usually be carried out without any discomfort.